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North Korea tests rocket engine: U.S. official

WASHINGTON North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday. The United States believed the test, the latest in a series of engine and missile tests this year, could be for the smallest stage of ICBM rocket engine, the official said. (Reporting by Phil Stewart, editing by G Crosse). ... Full story

Yellowstone grizzlies lose endangered species protections after recovery

Grizzly bears now occupy only 2% of their original territory in North America. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters. Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone national park area will be lifted this summer after US government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental US states except Alaska have been protected under the Endangered Species ... Full story

Family of grandmother killed by alligator sues nursing home

FAMILY OF GRANDMOTHER KILLED BY ALLIGATOR SUES NURSING HOME. CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A nursing home in South Carolina is being sued after a 90-year-old woman walked away from the facility last year and was killed by an alligator. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the lawsuit filed this week seeks damages of more than $10,000. The lawsuit says Bonnie Walker walked away from Brookdale Senior Living center shortly after midnight July 27, ... Full story

A Detroit Doctor Who fan built a replica TARDIS library for his neighborhood

In recent years, free libraries have popped up across the country in an effort to bring access to books to local communities. Detroit is now home to a new free library in the form of a replica T... Full story

Justice Ginsburg and the Price of Equality Times

It was pure Ginsburg. The justice noted that the immigration law’s basic framework dates from the 1940s and ’50s, “an era when the lawbooks of our nation were rife with overbroad generalizations about the way men and women are.” Are what? Just “are.” At the core of Ruth Ginsburg’s lifelong project is the conviction that there should be no separate spheres for men and women in the eyes of the law, and that distinctions based on what “most” men ... Full story

Italy’s drying lakes imperil rare shrimp species found only here

In danger from a drying habitat. A tiny ancient shrimp found only in a single small lake tucked away in the mountains of central Italy could soon disappear, as a combined result of climate change and an earthquake that hit the area last year. The fairy shrimp ( Chirocephalus marchesonii ) has evolved from a species native to the Himalayan region. Its ancestors are thought to have reached the Appennine range during the last ice age, after their ... Full story

Louis Vuitton in Talks to Open Factory in U.S., CEO Burke Says

June 22, 2017, 12:34 PM EDT. Louis Vuitton is working to open a factory in the U.S. as demand for its iconic canvas-and-leather handbags continues to rise. The LVMH-owned brand is also likely to add an additional production site in France, and could expand its workshop in Portugal, Chief Executive Officer Michael Burke said. LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault first floated the possibility of a Louis Vuitton factory in the the Carolinas or Texas ... Full story

The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia’s crown prince: the age of ambition | Editorial

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince. ‘Change is long overdue, and some have applauded the new crown prince as an energetic reformer.’ Photograph: Reuters. veryone knew Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman was a young man in a hurry. Every step necessary for his advancement had been made in the two years since his father assumed the kingdom’s throne. Some judged him to be already the country’s de facto ruler. But at 31 his public ... Full story

Layoffs set to begin next month at Carrier plant Trump struck deal with: report

The Carrier plant in Indianapolis that President Trump convinced to stay open late last year will lay off more than 600 employees beginning next month, according to a new report Thursday. CNBC reported that the deal struck by Trump before he assumed office isn’t working out as expected, and more than 600 employees will soon face layoffs. Trump and Carrier reached an agreement in December to keep about 1,000 jobs at the Indiana plant. Both ... Full story

Church of England ‘Colluded’ With Bishop to Hide Sex Abuse, Report Says

Mr. Ball refused to meet officials conducting the review or to submit a written statement. The report said that despite the efforts of victims and witnesses to report the abuse, the church allowed its desire to preserve its reputation to supersede the imperative to help victims. Continue reading the main story. After the report’s publication, Archbishop Welby asked Lord Carey to resign from his position with the Diocese of Oxford. Lord Carey ... Full story